6 Herbs for Cold and Flu Season

6 Herbs for Cold and Flu Season

As the daylight hours shorten, we start to welcome the gifts of fall. Cool, crisp mornings, school year routines, cozy sweaters, and the aroma of wood smoke curling up from the chimney tops. Maybe an apple pie and a trip to the pumpkin patch, too… However, these autumnal delights carry with them a few nasty…

Robert Rogers: The Fungal Pharmacy

Robert Rogers has been a student of native plants and fungi from the Canadian prairies for over 40 years. He teaches plant medicine at Grant McEwan University and the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton, Canada. Robert is a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. He has been a chair of the medicinal mushroom…

Natural Remedies for Back to School

Natural Remedies for Back to School

It’s back-to-school season for many families. Alongside the excitement of new backpacks, teachers, and friends, this time can also bring challenges like emotional stress, bedtime problems, and the dreaded “back-to-school plague” that hits when children are exposed to more germs. As a parent or caretaker, you can prepare with these natural remedies for back to school. Many of…

Sandor Ellix Katz

Sandor Ellix Katz: The Art of Fermentation

Sandor Ellix Katz wrote the book, The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World. This nearly 500 page volume gives practical information on fermenting vegetables, fruits, grains, milk, beans, meats and more. It has a forward by Michael Pollan and is published by Chelsea Green. Sandor is…

Grow an Endless Supply of Herbs from Cuttings

From a scattering of basil on healthy greens pizza to a handful of mint in a pitcher of iced tea, fresh herbs make our meals shine. More than just garnish, herbs like basil and mint provide a punch of flavor, nutrients, and healing properties. Fresh herbs can get expensive, though, whether you’re buying cut herbs…

Earth Shake! A Green Smoothie Recipe with Nettle

Minty and sweet, yet packed with nutrition, this is a green smoothie recipe that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Don’t have access to fresh nettle? You can substitute 1/2 cup of dried nettle leaves instead (be sure to pick out any small stems). When I tried this, I soaked the dried nettle in the coconut water for 30 minutes. I prefer using fresh nettle as the dried version was a bit chewier, but it was still enjoyable.

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